LowPoly Fish: UK Freshwater Species

I’ve recently been working on amalgamating as much freshwater fish data as possible, and ended up with a dataset with 350,000+ individual fish records. An amazing dataset, and just a subset – in this case, from the period 2002-2012 (centring on the LCM 2007 dataset). This work is part of the Hydroscape project and it’s going to create a fantastic resource for this work and future research.

The data is amazing, but I wanted to make it a bit more fun, so here are the unique recorded freshwater fish species from this period, sourced entirely from ‘labelled for reuse’ imagery then passed through a LowPoly filter. The following fish are the unique species recorded in the UK from this period, minus the genus-level data and hybrid species (see here +SVGs). Enjoy!

Allis shad
Alosa alosa
Amur bitterling
Rhodeus sericeus
Arctic char
Salvelinus alpinus
Atlantic salmon
Salmo salar
Brook lamprey
Lampetra planeri
Brook trout
Salvelinus fontinalis
Brown trout
Salmo trutta
Common barbel
Barbus barbus
Common bleak
Alburnus alburnus
Common carp
Cyprinus carpio
Common chub
Squalius cephalus
Common dab
Limanda limanda
Common dace
Leuciscus leuciscus
Common goby
Pomatoschistus microps
Common minnow
Phoxinus phoxinus
Common perch
Perca fluviatilis
Common roach
Rutilus rutilus
Common rudd
Scardinius erythrophthalmus
Corkwing wrasse
Symphodus (Crenilabrus) melops
Crucian carp
Carassius carassius
Eurasian ruffe
Gymnocephalus cernuus
European bass
Dicentrarchus labrax
European bullhead
Cottus gobio
European eel
Anguilla anguilla
European flounder
Platichthys flesus
European river lamprey
Lampetra fluviatilis
European sea sturgeon
Acipenser sturio
European smelt
Osmerus eperlanus
European sprat
Sprattus sprattus
European whitefish
Coregonus lavaretus
Freshwater bream
Abramis brama
Golden grey mullet
Liza aurata
Carassius auratus
Grass carp
Ctenopharyngodon idella
Thymallus thymallus
Gobio gobio
Leuciscus idus
Ninespine stickleback
Pungitius pungitius
Northern pike
Esox lucius
Pleuronectes platessa
Lepomis gibbosus
Rainbow trout
Oncorhynchus mykiss
River trout
Salmo trutta subsp. fario
Sand goby
Pomatoschistus minutus
Sea lamprey
Petromyzon marinus
Sea trout
Salmo trutta subsp. trutta
Spined loach
Cobitis taenia
Stone loach
Barbatula barbatula
Stone moroko
Pseudorasbora parva
Straightnose pipefish
Nerophis ophidion
Leucaspius delineatus
Tinca tinca
Thicklip grey mullet
Chelon labrosus
Thinlip mullet
Liza ramada
Three-spined stickleback
Gasterosteus aculeatus
Twait shad
Alosa fallax
Coregonus albula
Weis catfish
Silurus glanis
White bream
Blicca bjoerkna
White sucker
Catostomus commersoni
Sander lucioperca

Other Records

Genus-level data:

  • Alosa
  • Cetorhinidae
  • Gobiidae
  • Lampetra
  • Mugilidae
  • Petromyzontidae
  • Pleuronectidae
  • Pomatoschistus
  • Pseudotropheus

Hydrid species:

  • Abramis bjoerkna x Scardinius erythrophthalmus
  • Abramis brama x Abramis bjoerkna
  • Abramis brama x Rutilus rutilus
  • Abramis brama x Scardinius erythrophthalmus
  • Alburnus alburnus x Leuciscus leuciscus
  • Alburnus alburnus x Rutilus rutilus
  • Carassius auratus x Carassius carassius
  • Carassius auratus x Cyprinus carpio
  • Carassius carassius x Cyprinus carpio
  • Cyprinus carpio x Carassius carassius
  • Leuciscus cephalus x Alburnus alburnus
  • Leuciscus cephalus x Leuciscus leuciscus
  • Leuciscus cephalus x Rutilus rutilus
  • Leuciscus leuciscus x Alburnus alburnus
  • Leuciscus leuciscus x Rutilus rutilus
  • Rutilus rutilus x Abramis bjoerkna
  • Rutilus rutilus x Abramis brama
  • Rutilus rutilus x Leuciscus cephalus
  • Rutilus rutilus x Leuciscus leuciscus
  • Rutilus rutilus x Scardinius erythrophthalmus
  • Salmo trutta x Oncorhynchus mykiss
  • Salmo trutta x Salmo salar
  • Salmo trutta x Salvelinus fontinalis
  • Scardinius erythrophthalmus x Abramis bjoerkna
  • Scardinius erythrophthalmus x Abramis brama


Feel free to use the SVGs as you wish.
And here’s all the fish as a UK Guide.


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